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Unity and Google address dev concerns in GDC Next sponsored talks 2
by Staff [10.16.14]
With weeks to go until GDC Next 2014 featuring ADC takes place in L.A., here are a few of the most useful sponsored sessions from major companies that developers should check out.
Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Design, Production, Business/Marketing, GDC Next

Get a job: Nuclear Division is hiring an Art Director  
by Staff [10.15.14]
The new mobile game company founded by industry veterans (and funded in part by Respawn cofounder Vince Zampella) is looking for someone to lead the art department at its Sherman Oaks studio.
Smartphone/Tablet, Art, Production, Recruitment

Video: Turning your jam game into a polished release  
by Staff [10.15.14]
Indie developers Mattia Traverso and Alan Zucconi got a friend to make a game during their talk at GDC Europe 2014 about how you can go about turning game jam games into releasable titles.
Indie, Production, Video, Vault

Don't Miss: Design wisdom from the man behind Super Mario 3D Land Exclusive 9
by Christian Nutt [10.15.14]
Super Mario 3D Land director Koichi Hayashida reveals how he abandoned much of the series' post-1996 legacy by developing the game as though it were the first 3D Mario title ever made.
Console/PC, Design, Production, Exclusive

Team project: The survival guide 2
by Gamasutra Community [10.15.14]
A post "covering some of the main killers of collaborative projects I've seen in the past" from regular game jammer and developer Alex Johansson.
Console/PC, Indie, Production

Blog: Crowdsourced translations can work: Here's how 1
by Gamasutra Community [10.15.14]
"The flow of work can go a lot smoother when partnering with some trustworthy power users. They will be able to provide extra localization feedback to your products if they are highly engaged."
Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Serious, Production, Business/Marketing

Catching up with Amazon Game Studios, as it announces four games 5
by Christian Nutt [10.14.14]
Gamasutra speaks to Amazon's Ian Vogel about the studio's ongoing "experiments" in games, as it announces four new ones -- and its "commitment" to the space, and becoming a "cultural powerhouse."
Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Production, Business/Marketing

Porting a PC adventure game to mobile: Struggles with resolution issues  
by Gamasutra Community [10.14.14]
"We cannot just stretch the game scene to fit the device screen, as this will distort the aspect ratio. Game ports with graphics having distorted aspect ratios always look horrible."
Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Art, Production

Call for participation: The Game Outcomes Project needs your help!  
by Gamasutra Community [10.13.14]
"Currently, there’s little or no actual data on how different factors such as crunch/overtime, production methodologies, or team size impact the success or failure of projects in the game industry. We hope to change that!"
Console/PC, Production

Video: One hour, ten great European indie game design talks  
by Staff [10.13.14]
Watch the first-ever GDC Europe Innovative Games Showcase, a curated exhibition of innovative or experimental games, with 10 microtalks from indie developers about new approaches to design.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Design, Production, Video, Vault

Blog: Unity - King of the web, teacher of children, betrayer of men 21
by Gamasutra Community [10.13.14]
"Bottom line? Unity is an amazingly versatile piece of software whether you are building a prototype or a triple-A title. But it has a rather spotty history when it comes to new deployment platforms."
Console/PC, Indie, Serious, Programming, Production, Business/Marketing

Why I quit the PhD program at MIT to start a game studio 1
by Gamasutra Community [10.13.14]
"We’ve come a long way since the early days of staying up all night to play over instant messenger, but our philosophy remains the same: build the game that WE want to play."
Console/PC, Indie, Production, Business/Marketing

Leap Motion launches IndieCade-backed game jam with $75,000 in prizes  
by Christian Nutt [10.10.14]
The winning teams will get a $5,000 cash prize and a slot to exhibit at IndieCade East 2015, with $2,500 in travel expenses also covered.
Console/PC, Indie, Production, Business/Marketing

Here's one way to retain developers between projects: Lab Time Exclusive  
by Alex Wawro, Mike Rose [10.10.14]
German social/mobile game publisher Wooga maintains 'Lab Time' for developers who are between projects, allowing them to work on side projects while they wait to snag a spot on another project.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Production, Exclusive

New report looks inside Ubisoft's little-known 'interproject' 24
by Alex Wawro [10.09.14]
Laying off development staff between projects is a woefully common practice in the game industry, but Kotaku has found that Ubisoft Montreal's efforts to keep talent on the payroll can have its own downsides.
Console/PC, Production

Video: Sid Meier encourages developers to be ready for failure 1
by Alex Wawro [10.09.14]
XCOM: Enemy Unknown designer Jake Solomon speaks with Firaxis cofounder Sid Meier about the veteran game developer's career and his philosophy of game design.
Console/PC, Design, Production, Video

Don't Miss: Why we can't prove when Super Mario Bros. came out Exclusive 57
by Frank Cifaldi [10.08.14]
Super Mario Bros. is one of video game history's greatest touchstones. And yet, we don't know exactly when the game came out -- many people can't even agree on the year it was released.
Console/PC, Production, Business/Marketing, Exclusive

Bioshock Infinite, Plague Inc among first batch of GDC 2015 talks  
by Staff [10.08.14]
Sessions on Bioshock Infinite, Steam porting and the state of the industry strike a balance between exploring the art and business of making video games at GDC 2015.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Audio, Production, Business/Marketing, GDC

Blog: Writing a game design doc your team can actually use 15
by Gamasutra Community [10.07.14]
*Claps hands together loudly* "Alrighty, who wants to read my 30-page game design document that I spent the last two days writing?!" ... Yeah, I don’t either.
Indie, Design, Production

GitHub bundles UE4, other dev tools into a free pack for students 2
by Alex Wawro [10.07.14]
If you can prove you're a student, the folks at GitHub will grant you free access to a suite of development tools and services that small-scale game makers might find useful.
Console/PC, Indie, Design, Production